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Goodhand Clark was born 1764, and died 1837. He married Barbara Patterson.

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History of Clark or Clarke
HUSBAND Goodhand CLARK-183
The Clark family migrated from England to Ireland about 300 years ago and took up land west of Dunmanway, County
Cork, Ireland. Always true to the throne of England, the Clark family was very devout, all being members of the
Anglican Church. The church in which the Clark family worshiped was built in 1820 and is in Dunmanway, Ireland.
Before the erection of the church, the family worshiped for generations in a church that stood in the ancient
cemetery of Fenlibuss which is east of Dunmanway, County Cork, Ireland.
The terrain around Dunmanway is that of a heather-covered mountainside.
Beside the house in which our ancestors were born is a dashing brook that
continues it journey on passed the barn also. The view of Bantry Bay from
nearby Bantry is awe-inspiring; West County Cork and County Kerry have been
blessed with an abundance of natural lovelinesss. The years of the potato
famines were to change all that for the Clark families forever.
Goodhand Clark was born in 1764; died in 1837. His wife Barbara Patterson was born in 1760; died in 1836. It is
with these two individuals that this Clark story begins.
The name "Goodhand" has a rather obscure meaning. One tradition is that one
of the Clarks when they first lived in County Cork was a good marksman and shot a robber who was buried at a place
called the "Cumma" near Inch. (Inch is a small settlement not far from town of Dunmanway.) At one time the people
were much afraid of robbers at night who occasionally went through the countryside.

Goodhand Clark was born in Inch, County Cork, Ireland. He was a farmer at
Inch. In his youth, he spent a period fo time in the British Navy. Goodhand
married Barbara Patterson whose father, John Patterson died in 1784. Both
Goodhand and Barbara are buried in Dunmanway Protestant church yard, St. Edmund at Kulkeleure. Goodhand and Barbara
had nine children.

The following is a quote from a letter I received in 1965 from Father Charles Cotter who also researched our Clark
family visiting Ireland in 1947:

"....In Ireland, the Clark family were staunch Anglicans, but as they
migrated to other parts of the world, some joined other faiths - Methodist,
Baptist and United Church of Canada. There was a strong religious vein in the Clarks in Ireland and even today they
are vigilant about their church
attendence. In general I was very well received by the Clarks around Dunmanway inspite of the religious
differences. {Father Charles is Catholic priest.} In fact I was struck by their love and hospitality and tremendous
respect toward the priesthood. Sometime if you ever have a chance, do visit the country people in Ireland -- that
old-fashioned friendliness.
"There are many Clarks buried in the church yard in Dunmanway but in Ireland there is not much concern over
gravestones so the majority have no markers. "I was disappointed over church records for 35-40 years ago the
Protestant Church records were taken up to Dublin for "safe keeping" and were ironically destroyed in a fire.
"The Anglican pastors at Dunmanway, Durrus and Bantry were most affable to
me but were unable to supply much information.
" It was a great fascination to visit the old Anglican church one afternooon
and to see the ancient pews where the Clarks worshiped so many years. It was
built in the 1820's. Before that, the Clarks worshiped for generations
presumably in a church of Fenlibuss east of Dunmanway. The first Protestantc church in Ireland was built several
miles east of Dunmanway at a place called
"The old Clark house at Inch is very old and quaint. There is a flagstone
floor in the kitchen. I went through the house and also explored the barns and the yard outside, climbed up the hill
behind and looked at the magnificent view of West Dunmanway country side. Near the front door of the house is an
ancient millstone.
"At another very old house at West Inch was where my own Grandfather Clark
was born. I visited it and also climbed the heather-covered mountainside
behind the buildings, watched the dashing brook that flows immediately
past the barn. Around Inch, it is very pretty.
"East Cork is ordinary in scenery but as you leave Dunmanway and proceed west, the hills are increasingly
"The terrain of the hills out near Bantry is really weird. The old house
where lived the grandfather of Ed Sullivan of TV fame is near Durrus outside of Bantry. The scenery in that area is
"I have seen the sunny hills of Italy, the mountainous stretches of Bavaria
in Germany, the Canadian Rockies of North America, but I will admit I was awe
struck by the beautiful views near Durrus and Dunmanway Bay. It was no wonder that so many of the Irish were so
lonely for the beauties they had left behind.
"Many parts of Ireland are pretty but not extraordinary. However, west
County Cork and County Kerry have been blessed with an abundance of natural

Father Cotter and I share the same GGG grandfathr -- Goodhand Clark who married Barbara Patterson.

Goodhand, as a youth, spent a period of time in the British Navy. He and
wife, Barbara, are buried in the Protestant Church cemetery located at
Dunmanway, County Cork, Ireland.

Children of Goodhand Clark and Barbara Patterson are:
  1. John Clark, d. 1864.
  2. Richard Clark.
  3. Elizabeth Clark.
  4. Anne Clark.
  5. Robert Clark, d. 1887, Buried in Protestant cemetery, Dunmanway, County Cork, Irelamd.
  6. William Clark, b. Bet. 1793 - 1802, Ireland, d. July 15, 1862, Rochester,Monroe County,New York.
  7. +George Clark, b. Abt. 1800, Dunmanway, County Cork, Ireland, d. February 17, 1864, Rochester,Monroe County,New York.
  8. +Goodhand Clark, b. 1806, Dunmanway, County Cork, Ireland.
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